I found that I was able to relate to so much in this autobiographical account of Jimu's childhood. Being about five years younger than the author andI found that I was able to relate to so much in this autobiographical account of Jimu's childhood. Being about five years younger than the author and having learned more outside of the classroom than inside and having traveled and run away a lot during my formative years, the chords were striking and the bells were ringing all the way through.
The description of the book gives you a very good idea of what goes on in Jimu's life, but you have to read it to make the full discovery. I guarantee that you wil laugh a lot, and you will probably empathise with his antics. Furthermore, you can learn a smattering of Swahili. There are many basic phrases which are then repeated in English without interrupting the flow of the narrative. I admire that writing technique.
All in all, a lovely book and well worth picking up....more
This book starts with the end. What I mean is that it starts with the end of William the Conqueror. In the opening scene, he lies on his death bed, apThis book starts with the end. What I mean is that it starts with the end of William the Conqueror. In the opening scene, he lies on his death bed, apparently delirious. Why is he in such a condition? Well, you'll have to read the book, because I am not about to tell you.
The second chapter takes us back over 40 years, and the whole book, from that point onward, describes the characters and events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and its aftermath.
I will warn you that there is a whole heap of explicit brutality in this story, but then those were very brutal times.
The author must have done a lot of research to be able to form the historical skeleton upon which he builds the flesh of the plot and many sub-plots. There is so much deception by the main characters, who all seem to have two goals in mind: power and possession.
The downside for me, and I suppose that it was necessary, is that there are two many characters and some very complex relationships. It hurt my head to try to keep up with all of these, especially as many of them had very similar names, and seemed to be related along more than one branch of their family trees. But one only has to do a little bit of online research to discover that these families were indeed very complex.
The main protagonist is Harold Godwinson, who becomes Earl of Wessex and subsequently King Harold.
Everybody who ever went to school in Britain knows what happened to Harold in the end, so it comes as no surprise. I think though, that the author describes the events as they possibly happened in such great detail, and so vividly, that one is left believing that this is PROBABLY what happened. This, to me, is the sign of good historical fiction. I have long been a fan of the genre, and often got into serious trouble with my school teachers for arguing that the fiction that I had read was probably nearer the truth than what they were telling me. After all, I reasoned, they only knew what they knew from the reports of the "journalists" of the time. In current affairs classes they would tell me not to believe the reports of today's journalists until I had checked and double-checked their stories. Such double standards!
Anyway, having read "1066: What Fates Impose", I would stubbornly hold it up in front of those teachers as solid evidence of the facts as G.K. Holloway describes them.
This is much more than a suspense thriller. There is romance, there is deceit and double-crossing, there is mystery, there is hot sexual tension, andThis is much more than a suspense thriller. There is romance, there is deceit and double-crossing, there is mystery, there is hot sexual tension, and there is fear.
Amanda returns to her native Harare on a work assignment. She tries to unravel some family mysteries which led to her self-imposed exile. Every stone she turns reveals a new, usually unpleasant, surprise.
She is torn between her former lover and her current almost-a-lover. She doesn't know whom she should trust, including members of her own family. There are many tests, and the tension rises. The reader is also torn in several directions. I challenge you to take the journey with Amanda and guess whom she can trust before she takes the right or wrong path.
The constant theme throughout is how much she cares for her son, Zach. The greatest heat and fear is felt when the young boy is put in danger.
This is a very good story and is guaranteed to hold your attention from the first page to the last. I thoroughly recommend it....more
I liked this strange little story. It is told in the first person by the ghost of a woman who has pre-deceased her mother. She knows that her mother'sI liked this strange little story. It is told in the first person by the ghost of a woman who has pre-deceased her mother. She knows that her mother's time has come, but wants to make her last days more comfortable than the Grim Reaper has in his mind. She does her best to persuade him to be gentle.
More than that I cannot say, as this is a short story and I am already in danger of telling it all. I haven't given away more than you'll find in the first couple of pages though.
It is an imaginative piece of writing, with a very faint flavor of The Book Thief about it. You'll see what I mean if you read both.
It is slightly spoiled by the number of typos and tiny errors, which are a distraction, but I would recommend it as a quick read to any of my friends....more
I can remember reading this book having seen the TV series which was based upon it. The reading was truly an emotional roller-coaster for me. Not justI can remember reading this book having seen the TV series which was based upon it. The reading was truly an emotional roller-coaster for me. Not just ups and downs, but the stirring of every emotion you can imagine. Alex Haley put such a lot into the writing of this epic story. His passion burns through every page and really gets to you, the reader.
I am writing this small review now (22 Oct 2014), because I was prompted by a conversation with my grandson last evening. They are discussing Roots at his school. That's inspiring!...more